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​Cudicini reveals Luiz Felipe Scolari behind Chelsea exit

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini says that former boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is the reason he left the Blues.

Cudicini was a key player for the Blues in the early 2000s, but he was eventually ousted from the club after falling out with the legendary Brazilian manager, who was eventually sacked by the Blues halfway through his debut season.

"I had enjoyed 10 years at Chelsea, but it all came to an end when Big Phil Scolari became manager," Cudicini said in the newly released book 'The Boss - Chelsea, From Ted Drake to Frank Lampard'.

"My relationship with the Brazilian manager was clearly not the best and was one of the reasons I left.

"It all started in pre-season when we had a few arguments over certain decisions and clearly those arguments didn't go down well with the new manager.

"They were technical decisions that occurred in the friendly matches, we simply disagreed on things, and I don't know the reason why the relationship was as it was, but that was the situation. After those disagreements in pre-season we didn't see eye to eye on certain things when he took decisions I didn't agree with, and he sent me to play a few games in the reserves.

"His decision to play me in the reserves wasn't the usual sporting decision, to keep me fit, but it was used as a punishment. I was not the only player in the squad who had their difference with the manager! Not the only one unhappy with the situation.

"After six months I had the opportunity to move - and a few weeks later Scolari got the sack! Do I regret my move from Chelsea to Spurs. No, I don't, there are no regrets. The manager was not the only reason I left Chelsea. My move to Spurs was a great experience - where I met some very nice people!"

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